Academic Staff

Professor Mitchell Callan

Position in departmentDirector of Research
Staff positionProfessor
Emailmcallan@essex.ac.uk
Telephone01206 873817
Room4.719
Biography

Mitch Callan obtained his Ph.D. in Social Psychology in the summer of 2007 from the University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He then completed a 2-year Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Western Ontario. He joined the University of Essex in 2009. He is currently serving as an Associate Editor for the British Journal of Social Psychology.

Follow Mitch on Twitter: @MitchCallan

Research interests
  • Justice motivation/belief in a just world
  • Responses to victimisation
  • Immanent justice reasoning
  • Relative deprivation
Publications

Callan, M.J., Kim, H., Gheorghiu, A.I., & Matthews, W.J. (in press). The interrelations between social class, personal relative deprivation, and prosociality. Social Psychological and Personality Science. [open access]

Kim, H., Callan, M.J., Gheorghiu, A.I., & Matthews, W.J. (in press). Social comparison, personal relative deprivation, and materialism. British Journal of Social Psychology. [open access]

Harvey, A. J., Callan, M. J., Sutton, R. M., Foulsham, T., & Matthews, W. J. (2017). Selective exposure to deserved outcomes. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 69, 33-43. [accepted manuscript]

Moreton, J. P., Callan, M. J., & Hughes, G. (2017). How much does emotional valence of action outcomes affect temporal binding? Consciousness & Cognition, 49, 25-34. [open access]

Matthews, W.J., Gheorghiu, A.I., & Callan, M.J. (2016). Why do we overestimate others' willingness to pay? Judgment and Decision Making,11, 21-39. [open access]

Ellard, J. H., Harvey, A. J., & Callan, M. J. (2016). The justice motive: History, theory, and research. In C. Sabbagh & M. Schmitt (Eds.), Handbook of Social Justice Theory and Research. New York: Springer.

Douglas, K. M., Sutton, R. M., Callan, M. J., Dawtry, R. J., & Harvey, A. J. (2016). Someone is pulling the strings: Hypersensitive agency detection and belief in conspiracy theories. Thinking & Reasoning, 22, 57-77.

Callan, M. J., Kim, H., & Matthews, W. J. (2015). Predicting self-rated mental and physical health: The contributions of subjective socioeconomic status and personal relative deprivation. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 1415. [open access]

Callan, M. J., Kim, H., & Matthews, W. J. (2015). Age differences in social comparison tendency and personal relative deprivation. Personality and Individual Differences, 87, 196-199.

Callan, M. J., Shead, N. W., & Olson, J. M. (2015). The relation between personal relative deprivation and the urge to gamble among gamblers is moderated by problem gambling severity: A meta-analysis. Addictive Behaviors, 45, 146-149.

Callan, M. J., Kay, A. C., & Dawtry, R. J. (2014). Making sense of misfortune: Deservingness, self-esteem, and patterns of self-defeat. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 107, 142-162. [open access]

Callan, M. J., Sutton, R. M., Harvey, A. J., & Dawtry, R. J. (2014). Immanent justice reasoning: Theory, research, and current directions. In J. M. Olson & M. P. Zanna (Eds.), Advances in Experimental Social Psychology (Vol. 49, pp. 105 - 161). London: Academic Press.

Callan, M. J., Harvey, A. J., & Sutton, R. M. (2014). Rejecting victims of misfortune reduces delay discounting. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 51, 41-44.

Harvey, A. J., Callan, M. J., & Matthews, W. J. (2014). How much does effortful thinking underlie observers’ reactions to victimization? Social Justice Research, 27, 175-208.

Harvey, A. J., & Callan, M. J. (2014). Getting "just deserts" or seeing the "silver lining": The relation between judgments of immanent and ultimate justice. PLoS ONE, 9, e101803. [open access]

Harvey, A. J., & Callan, M. J. (2014). The role of religiosity in ultimate and immanent justice reasoning. Personality and Individual Differences, 56, 193-196.

Aguilar, P., Callan, M. J., & Dawtry, R. J. (2014). Associations between law and competitiveness: A cross-cultural investigation. Spanish Journal of Psychology, 17, E54.

Khera, M. L. K., Harvey, A. J., & Callan, M. J. (2014). Beliefs in a just world, subjective well-being, and attitudes toward refugees among refugee workers. Social Justice Research, 27, 442-443.

Callan, M. J., Harvey, A. J., Dawtry, R. J., & Sutton, R. M. (2013). Through the looking glass: Long-term goal focus increases immanent justice reasoning. British Journal of Social Psychology, 52, 377-385.

*Callan, M. J., *Ferguson, H. J., & Bindemann, M. (2013). Eye movements to audiovisual scenes reveal expectations of a just world. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 142, 34-40. *Contributed equally

Callan, M. J., Dawtry, R., & Olson, J. M. (2012). Justice motive effects in ageism: The effects of a victim’s age on observer perceptions of injustice and punishment judgments. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48, 1343-1349.

Callan, M. J., & Kay, A. C. (2012). Associations between law, competitiveness, and the pursuit of self-interest. In J. D. Hanson (Ed.). Ideology, Psychology, and Law (pp. 183-218). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Callan, M. J., Shead, N. W., & Olson, J. M. (2011). Personal relative deprivation, delay discounting, and gambling. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 101, 955-973.

Callan, M. J., Sutton, R. & Dovale, C. (2010). When deserving translates into causing: The effect of cognitive load on immanent justice reasoning. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 46, 1097-1100.

Callan, M. J., Kay, A. C., Olson, J. M., Brar, N., & Whitefield, N. (2010). The effects of priming legal concepts on perceived trust and competitiveness, self-interested attitudes, and competitive behavior. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 46, 325-335.

Callan, M. J., & Ellard, J. H. (2010). Beyond derogation and blame of victims: Just world dynamics in everyday life. In D. R. Bobocel, A. C. Kay, M. P. Zanna, & J. M. Olson (Eds.). The psychology of justice and legitimacy: The Ontario Symposium (Vol. 11, pp. 53 - 77). New York: Psychology Press.

Callan, M. J., Kay, A. C., Davidenko, N., & Ellard, J. H. (2009). The effects of justice motivation on memory for self- and other-relevant events. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45, 614-623.

Callan, M. J., Shead, N. W., & Olson, J. M. (2009). Foregoing the labor for the fruits: The effect of just world threat on the desire for immediate monetary rewards. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45, 246-249.

Callan, M. J., Ellard, J. H., Shead, N. W., & Hodgins, D. C. (2008). Gambling as a search for justice: Examining the role of personal relative deprivation in gambling urges and gambling behavior. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 34, 1514-1529.

Shead, N. W., Callan, M. J., & Hodgins, D. C. (2008). Probability discounting among gamblers: Differences across problem gambling severity and affect-regulation tendencies. Personality and Individual Differences, 45, 536-541.

Kay, A. C., Gaucher, D., & Napier, J., Callan, M. J., & Laurin, K. (2008). God and the government: Testing a compensatory control mechanism for the support of external systems. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 95, 18-35.

Callan, M. J., Powell, N. G., & Ellard, J. H. (2007). The consequences of victim’s physical attractiveness on reactions to injustice: The role of observers’ belief in a just world. Social Justice Research, 4, 433-456.

Callan, M. J., Ellard, J. H., & Nicol, J. E. (2006). The belief in a just world and immanent justice reasoning in adults. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 32, 1646-1658.

Fouts, G., Callan, M. J., Lawson, A., & Piasentin, K. (2006). Demonizing in children’s television cartoons and Disney animated films. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 37, 15-23.

Additional information

Recent grant funding:

Callan, M. J., Harvey, A. J., & Olson, J. M. (2016-2018). Rejecting Innocent Victims: The Roles of Relative Judgments and Emotional Impact. The Leverhulme Trust, £103,128.

Callan, M. J. (Co-PI), & Matthews, W. J. (2014-2017). Personal Relative Deprivation and Status Consumption. The Leverhulme Trust, £129,479.

Callan, M. J., & Kay, A. C. (2011/2012). Justice Motive Effects in Self-Punishment. Economic and Social Research Council, £99,020 (full economic costing).

Olson, J. M., Callan, M. J., & Shead, N. W. (2010/2011). The Effects of Gambling Advertisements on Personal Relative Deprivation and Gambling. Ontario Problem Gambling Research Centre, Level II Award, 37,000 CAD (~ £22,000).

Callan, M. J. (2010/11). Ageism and the Concern for Justice. British Academy, £7,162.

Callan, M. J. (PI), Olson, J. M., & Shead, N. W. (2008/2009). Personal Relative Deprivation, Delay Discounting, and Gambling. Ontario Problem Gambling Research Centre, Level I Award, 9,717 CAD (~ £6,000)

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